Archive for the 'Living Expenses' Category

How to save money on living expenses such as food, gas, electricity, broadband, insurance, mobiles phones and transport by doing research & shopping around for the lowest prices

Can You Be Bothered to Shop at Different Supermarkets?

I am beginning to question our habit of visiting several different supermarkets. At present, I’d say that we do around 50% of our food and household items shopping at Tesco. The rest of the monthly spend is split between Aldi, Lidl, Farmfoods, Home Bargains and B&M Bargains. The problem is that visiting various shops takes […]

I’m Tescoffed Again By Missing Out On £6 Off a £40 Tesco Shop

When I was driving home on a Monday afternoon after a Sunday night stay at Perth Central Travelodge, I reluctantly decided to a detour to do a big shop at Tesco in Stirling. I knew that we were getting low on basics such as milk, bread, fruit and veg. I didn’t fancy having to take […]

Three Pieces of Equipment for Your Home Garage That Will Save You Money in the Long Run

The cost of running, maintaining and repairing vehicles these days can be really expensive. However, one way to reduce the cost is to do some of the work yourself. If you have a home garage, did you know you can save a lot of money in the long term by investing in various pieces of […]

Check If Your Premium Bank Account Offers Breakdown Cover When Buying Car Insurance

We’ve held M&S Premier Motor Insurance for a few years during the last decade. It offered a good level of cover including a zero voluntary excess, RAC European breakdown cover and a courtesy car, at a competitive price. The M&S car insurance wasn’t quite so good once they dropped the Keycare cover. But I did still […]

Review of Ricoh SP213w Mono Laser Printer

It seems that any printer which I have ever owned has been problematic. The old Samsung black and white laser printer was getting so bad, i.e. streaks on any printed sheet, that I had to take action. Initially I wondered if I really needed a printer, as I didn’t think that I printed that often. […]

How to Handle Money When Someone Has Dementia

Dementia can originate due to multiple factors such as age, Alzheimer’s, vitamin deficiencies, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, side effects of prescription drugs, an overactive thyroid, depression etc. Whatever the cause or origin might be, it’s not really a disease but rather a symptom that something is affecting one’s ability to function normally in daily life. […]

Revenue Scotland Charge You More Than Five Times the Rate of Interest Which They Pay You

As we bought our flat in Stirling, Scotland before we had sold our house in Berwick upon Tweed in England, we had to pay the 3% additional Stamp Duty (called Additional Dwelling Supplement in Scotland) to Revenue Scotland on the day which we purchased the flat in Stirling. Our intention was to sell the house […]

How Electric Vehicles Are More Affordable Than Many Believe

It is becoming more common to see electric vehicles on UK roads as more and more motorists are making the switch. This has been accelerated by the Government’s clean air plans, which include a proposed ban on diesel and petrol cars by 2040. It appears that the public is switching sooner rather than later, with […]

The Stress of Paying For Christmas On People Aged 55+

Research by Damart has highlighted the increasing stress of affording Christmas gifts to many residents of the UK and the Republic of Ireland in the 55+ age bracket. More than half the people (54%) taking part in survey said that they were worried about affording Christmas presents. An even higher proportion (64%) were finding that […]

BT’s Partial Price Freeze

I was pretty hacked off when I received an email from BT informing me that they were increasing the monthly cost of our fibre broadband by £2.50 and the monthly price of our Anytime Calls by 50p. On this occasion, BT weren’t increasing the price of the line rental. The higher costs for broadband and calls […]